From Minneapolis, MN, The Boys n’ the Barrels are a modern Bluegrass band. With influences ranging from Old-time to Jazz and Rock, the Boys appeal to both traditional and contemporary tastes.
Comprised of six members, instrumentation includes Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Harmonica, Upright Bass, and light Percussion. Their sound is energetic and creative. A deep, introspective message underlines the up-tempo, foot thumping melodies and hooks as The Boys explore subjects such as love, philosophy, environmentalism, booze, and death.
Specific influences range from David Grisman, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Old and in the Way, and Tony Rice, to Trampled By Turtles, Radiohead, Paul Simon, The Dead, and Steely Dan.
Many of the band members have been making music together for years, but their latest incarnation; The Boys n’ the Barrels hit the ground running 4 years ago and have been winning over crowds at venues ranging from bars, to theaters, clubs and music festivals. While beginning in, and remaining rooted in Minneapolis, they have extended their audience to towns such as Fargo, N.D., Ames, IA, and Madison, WI. Radio airplay includes: 89.3 The Current, Bluegrass Saturday Mornings on Jazz 88.5, 90.3 KFAI, 88.1 KVSC in St. Cloud, and WHYS 96.3 in Eau Claire, WI.
A promising up-and-coming talent, The Boys continue to impress and awe audiences, while introducing interest in Folk music to people of their own generation with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary sounds.
Travis Palmer – Banjo, Vocals, & Harmonica
Nick Rodriguez – Guitar & Vocals
Chris Forsberg – Fiddle
Josh Johnson – Upright Bass
Mike Wavinak – Washboard/Light Percussion
Chris Peters – mandolin
The Bottom of the Barrel (2009)
The Boys N’ The Barrels (2011)
Sow Your Soul (2013)